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Tampa Bay Buccaneers donates more than $50,000 in new technology to East Tampa school

More than 100 new devices to help teachers and students "bridge the digital divide and enhance the students' learning experience" were given to the school.
Credit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a generous donation to help students and teachers at Young Middle Magnet School in East Tampa. 

The Bucs presented more than $50,000 in new technology including over 100 new devices that will help teachers and students bridge the digital divide and improve the learning experience at the school. 

Young Middle Magnet School is a Title I school in Hillsborough County. The curriculum includes hands-on learning through its STEM curriculum.

According to the release, the team launched the Buccaneers Youth Leadership Program at the school in the fall of 2020 that "established  a first-of-its-kind commitment from Buccaneers players and staff members to serve as mentors for 25 students."

Co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz said technology is more important than ever before in schools.

"These devices will have an immediate impact at Young Middle School, where we are proud to support the STEM curriculum through our Youth Leadership Program and improved technology, resources and mentorship that strengthen the student experience," she said.

The program has been the main point of the team's Social Justice Initiative, which " supports year-round player efforts dedicated to achieving social justice through purposeful dialogue and impactful programs that effect positive change in the community," the press release explains.

"This generous donation will make positive educational and emotional impacts on students at Young Middle Magnet, where this organization has already had a profound influence through their incredible mentorship initiative," Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis said.